On December 4, 2008, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case S. and Marper v. the United Kingdom. This case concerns the ability of law enforcement authorities to store fingerprints and DNA samples collected from suspects in the context of unsuccessful criminal proceedings. The Court unanimously held that there had been a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Right to Privacy), and that by setting up the database, UK legislation had failed to strike a fair balance between competing public and private interests.